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Free Dragon Age

Dragon Age: The Last Court available now, free*


Some jumping through Origin hoops, naturally
Nov 10
// Steven Hansen
Dragon Age: The Last Court is meant to bridge the gap between Dragon Age II and the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. The story-driven, text-based RPG is playable now provided you log in with an Origin ID. ...
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CoD Advanced Warfare, Dragon Age Inquisition up to 20% off


Yep, it's another CoD
Nov 01
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. If you're a PC gamer questioning why you need to spend the full $59.99 for a purely digital copy of Call of...
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Free game

Free PC game! Crusader: No Remorse and that might be Boba Fett


I bet your PC can run it
Oct 28
// Brett Makedonski
Electronic Arts has discounted one of its games by an undefined divide by zero error percent, all the way from $4.99 down to free. Crusader: No Remorse is currently gratis on Origin for a limited time. Crusader's about a...
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Titanfall horde mode

Good thing Titanfall is getting a horde mode because there's no one else to play with


Stompy stompy with friends
Oct 22
// Nic Rowen
In a live Twitch Stream today, Respawn announced and demonstrated a new horde-style game mode for Titanfall, yay! Why am I the only one excited? Well, for anyone else who's still playing Titanfall, we can expect a fairly stan...
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Free Dragon Age

Dragon Age: Origins is free on Origin until Tuesday


DLC not included
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
Many of you haven't seemed too thrilled with EA's free game offerings on Origin, which is understandable -- they've been hit or miss. This one should prove a bit more compelling. The standard edition of Dragon Age: Origins is...
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Freebies

Kill time with Bejeweled 3 now that it's free on Origin


Or kill time by commenting about your feelings on Origin
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
It may not carry the same weight as past "On the House" offerings like Dead Space or Battlefield 3, but the latest freebie from Origin, Bejeweled 3, is a great game in its own right. The popular match-three puzzler is free to...
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Freebies

Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time


Full access through Origin Game Time
Aug 15
// Jordan Devore
Through Origin's Game Time program, it's currently possible to play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for free -- for a limited time, of course. Simply download either game and, once you lau...
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Free Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC


Add the game to your library before August 14 to partake
Aug 07
// Jordan Devore
EA is back with another Origin Game Time promotion following that one for Titanfall. Those of you on PC can claim a week of free access to Battlefield 4 -- just add the game to your Origin library before August 14. The clock ...
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Freebies

Wing Commander III is free on Origin


Now I just need a joystick
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
The next free game in EA's On the House promo for Origin is the classic space combat sim Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. Add it to your account and its yours to keep. This is definitely something to check out for folk...
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Freebies

So, uh, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate for free


All expansion and 'stuff' packs included
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
EA recently announced the end of its technical support for The Sims 2 and in doing so said that players would be given a free The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection upgrade as thanks. That was an unexpected move, but this one's even ...
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Origin

Origin is doing Steam's 'free-to-play' weekend program now


Starting with Titanfall on PC
Jun 20
// Chris Carter
You know how Steam has been running its "free weekend" program for ages, where you could play a (typically) big release over the course of a few days without paying? Well EA's Origin platform is adopting the same program, sta...
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Peggle

Grab Peggle for free on Origin


On Origin...
Jun 17
// Chris Carter
If you haven't played Peggle by now, I don't even know what to say. Play it. It's great. There's even an expansion and a second game out by now -- but those cost money. The first Peggle is currently free, but there's one...
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Titanfall's first DLC out May 15 for Xbox One and PC


Story #204 in our round the clock coverage of Titanfall $$$$$$$
May 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Titanfall's Expedition downloadable content pack will be out on May 15 for the Xbox One and PC. The Xbox 360 version will be out down the line. Expedition includes three maps -- Runoff, Swampland, and War games -- and will co...
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Titanfall

Titanfall: Expedition's Swampland map sure is swampy


Swampy, like your underwear gets in the dead of summer
May 09
// Brittany Vincent
Had enough Titanfall yet? You're about to get another dose with Swampland, the final map to be revealed in the Titanfall: Expedition DLC package, the first set of content available for Titanfall. Swampland is exactly what th...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Pick up Plants vs. Zombies for free on Origin


Zombie ga yatte kita!
May 08
// Brittany Vincent
If you're looking for a reason to see the bright side about using Origin, you can pick up Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition there currently for the low, low price of free. I realize that doesn't exactly make up for...
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Mini Deal North: Amazon's EA downloadable game deals


From May 6 through May 12
May 06
// Dale North
Amazon has some great deals on downloadable EA games, starting today. Most of the deals will spit out an Origin code for a discounted price. There is the option with some of them to use an Origin/Amazon account linking. For t...
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Freebies

Dead Space is free if you're willing to put up with Origin


It's gotten better, I'll say that much
Mar 27
// Jordan Devore
In an effort to get you to finally install Origin, Electronic Arts has begun a new On the House promotion in which "full games, expansions, and more" can be downloaded for free. The first selection is one those who can deal w...
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Titanfall cheaters can only play with other cheaters now


'You can play with other banned players in something that will resemble the Wimbledon of aimbot contests'
Mar 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Titanfall cheaters, your time is up. Respawn has been using the FairFight system to detect cheaters on the PC since the game's launch, and if you're caught you will be banned from the general population. You can still play th...
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Bulletstorm

Bulletstorm inexplicably yanked from Steam


Energy Leash most likely not to blame
Mar 21
// Brittany Vincent
In a somewhat baffling move, it appears the raucous Epic Games and People Can Fly first-person shooter Bulletstorm has been removed from the likes of Steam. It's a classic case of "here today and gone tomorrow" as the skillsh...
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Titanfall review coming

Our Titanfall review is coming soon


And our Dark Souls II review will go up at midnight tonight!
Mar 10
// Chris Carter
[Update: Here it is!] As you may have seen, the official Titanfall review embargo has just lifted. Where's our review? It's on the way, and here's why we're waiting to publish. In short, with how big of an online focus T...
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Deals

Peggle, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and more in this PopCap bundle


Redeemable on Steam and Origin
Mar 07
// Jordan Devore
It's chaos on the Humble Store right now, from the Humble Mobile Bundle 4 to Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight 2014 to Devolver Digital's bundle for IGF chairman and all-around terrific human being Brandon Boyer. Here's one mor...
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Titanfall leaks: Maps, Generations, Achievements, and more


The Achievements all look so easy
Mar 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
We're one week out from the launch of Titanfall, and there's been so many leaks on the game over the last few days. All the leaks come from reddit, where a user has released several photos of the maps, including top down imag...

Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession

Feb 12 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
At first, your instincts will kick in when you start a round of Titanfall and play it like it's any first-person shooter that's been released in the last few years. It can't be helped. FPS games have always followed what was successful before them. It started with the Doom formula, then Quake, GoldenEye 64, Halo, and Call of Duty 4. They were some of the biggest trendsetters, and now we have Titanfall changing up the status quo. Time will tell if Respawn ultimately strikes gold again in the genre, but personally I believe they will. Titanfall has captured this nice middle ground where it's just fast-paced enough to please Quake and Tribes fans, but not to the point where it will turn off what the ultimate target audience here is: Those millions of players buying Call of Duty and Battlefield year after year. That said, I had a very hard time going back to other shooters after Titanfall as they felt just too slow, and so limiting. Speed is one thing, but it's not until you experience something like running alongside a wall for a few seconds, jumping to an adjacent wall, using your jetpack for a short boost up, automatically grabbing the edge of the roof to hoist yourself up, then running off the roof in order to jump down onto an opposing Titan below so you can effectively unload your gun into its circuitry that just feels so, well, freeing. Then of course there's the Titans themselves. Piloting them just feels like an extension of you, like a second skin to the player. It's actually a shocking feeling at first, especially if you've played mech simulators in the past like say Gundam 0079, Steel Battalion (the good one), and the like where it feels like you're controlling a big hulking slow piece of machinery. The action gets even more fast-paced in a Titan, yet still balanced so you're not just an unstoppable behemoth. Titanfall does a good job of making you feel like a badass, even if you're not the best FPS player around. Wallrunning, using the Titans -- it's all intuitive and designed to reward the player, as opposed to punishing you for making a mistake. Check out some of my wall running from the video commentary to get a good sense of it. [embed]270332:52546:0[/embed] More importantly, it all feels balanced. Titans don't come across as extremely overpowered, and you don't feel totally helpless as a pilot since there's enough avenues of escape from how open the environments are when there are Titans around.  And whatever your feelings are towards the six-versus-six nature of the multiplayer, it still feels like there's a lot going on during matches. There's always some fighting taking place, even if it's against the AI enemy players. You will know when you're up against the AI, and while they aren't the brightest, they can take you out if you're being careless. It can even get claustrophobic when there are multiple Titans duking it out. So yeah, I think the multiplayer is great if you couldn't tell. The campaign, on the other hand, doesn't sound like much. We've known from the start that Titanfall has no real single-player -- it's one in the same with multiplayer as you're playing with others. While there will be specific things that can only be seen in the campaign mode (set pieces, etc), the story levels will be taking place on the same levels you'll get in multiplayer. You'll play through the story from each of the rival faction's perspective (IMC and Militia forces), and the entire campaign will take around four to five hours to complete. If you're okay with just a primarily multiplayer experience, you won't mind the length. I'm getting into Titanfall for multiplayer, and with the way things are looking for the rest of the year it looks like Titanfall may be one of the only major competitive FPS games launching in 2014, giving it the potential to really grow a player base. It will at least hold me over until Destiny is released in September. No idea if the multiplayer will be any good with that one, but it is Bungie after all.
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Plus gameplay commentary covering the contents of the closed beta
It was the beginning of 2013 when I finally just got tired of the competitive aspect of first-person shooters. It's been my favorite genre ever since the GoldenEye 64 days, but over the last few years I've just been losing mo...

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Good luck!
[Update: The Titanfall beta kicks off on February 14 for the Xbox One and PC as revealed by this new trailer. There will be two maps available, and three modes which are Attrition (team deathmatch), Hardpoint Domination, and...

Preview: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Jan 28 // Alessandro Fillari
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox 360, Xbox One [previewed], PC, PS4)Developer: PopCap GamesPublisher: Electronic ArtsRelease Date: February 25, 2014 (Xbox 360, Xbox One) TBA (other platforms)If you need a narrative to help make sense of all this, here it is: plants have attained sentience and combat effectiveness, the dead have risen from their graves, and both sides must battle each other for dominance. Oh, and a crazy human gardener with a speech impediment is helping the plants. That's pretty much all the story you need, and it fits perfectly along with the other entries in the series.Taking cues from modern shooters, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a third-person action game that utilizes a class and group based dynamic across several battlefields. Each side must work together to overcome the opposing players, and knowing your army's strengths and the enemy's weaknesses is the key to victory. Let's be clear, even though this is now a shooter, strategy and coordination is the name of the game. While you can manage to take out some enemies all by your lonesome, you can easily be overwhelmed by the opposition if you don't use your arsenal of support plants and work with your team. Much like the previous games, picking and setting vital plants is necessary for success.The game's primary mode is the multiplayer, which is also the only way to play as the zombies. Players take on the role of either the Plants or Zombies and have to battle it out for dominance. Consisting of 12 on 12 skirmishes across 10 different maps, players will engage in game-types such as Gardens and Graveyards, where they can capture enemy points, and Team Vanquish, a take on the classic Team Deathmatch. Along with the core character types are different variations of them. For instance, players can unlock fire and ice versions of the Cactus, which can do long-range status effect damage on the zombie force. In addition to these variations, players can unlock perks and skills that add new abilities and buffs for their classes. This not only helps to add more much flavor to the game, but gives more options for players and how they use their favorite class.In addition to the robust multiplayer mode, players can also engage in the Garden Ops mode. Playing as the plants, Garden Ops is this PvZ's spin on the horde mode game type. Players can team with up to three others online or locally to defend key points from AI controlled zombies across several maps. With a smaller group of players on your side, placement of the support plants is even more vital than in the competitive multiplayer mode. Scattered across the field are plant pots, which can be used to summon support forces from your current arsenal of plants. Placement of the support units is key, as the zombies can easily overwhelm players. Many of the favorites return, such as the Wall-nut, Potato Mines, Gatling Peashooter, Fume-Shroom, Bonk Choy.In keeping with previous entries of the series, Garden Warfare has a deep focus on maintaining your arsenal of plants, and after each battle players must keep their limited stock of characters in healthy supply. Players will gradually acquire coins from taking out enemies and completing dynamic match objectives, which can then be spent in the game's sticker shop.All this may sound odd, but stay with me on this one; stickers are collectable items that can be used to upgrade your characters and customize their appearance. In the shop, you can buy unique packs of character cards and sticker pieces ranging in price, and you will randomly receive a set to strengthen your reinforcements. Similar to packs of baseball cards, the content of each pack is unknown to the holder. Moreover, when you collect enough sticker pieces of the same type, you will unlock a new variant of that particular character.The packs range in price, some focusing on cards or stickers, so players can spend coins only on what they need at the moment. If you only wan to refill support placements, then you can purchase the basic packs. Though if you're feeling lucky, you can take your chances on the premium packs that drop rare stickers and cards for a high price. It's clear that Garden Warfare wishes to expand upon the characterization of each plant types, and this allows for players to customize their plant and zombie armies as they see fit. Character customization is deep and robust, and it shows how the devs at PopCap Games went to great lengths to flesh out the characters of the series. There are many unique variants of each class, and honestly you'd be surprised just how many different ways you can make the Sunflower character plant look. Many of which include hats, facepaint, and other quirky accessories.The developers at PopCap Games have shown some extra attention to the Xbox One release of the game, including making split-screen play an Xbox One exclusive feature. I can imagine this will disappoint many fans, as it should, because playing local co-op and coordinating with my partner was a lot of fun. It's definitely a missed opportunity to not include this with the other versions. Another exclusive feature for the Xbox One is Boss Mode, where another player can use a tablet device and sync with SmartGlass to offer support for players during the Garden Ops gametype. While on the tablet, you'll be playing as the returning character Crazy Dave, who will be able to offer support for players in battle. You get an overhead view of the map, similar to classic PvZ, and you can assist by dropping health pickups, place radar plants on the lookout for nearby zombies, revive downed players, and you can even call-in devastating air strikes.After spending about an hour playing the Garden Ops game type locally, I came away impressed with Garden Warfare. In many ways, it feels like a fully-realized and expanded version of a Plants vs Zombies game. While many fans may turn their nose up at the focus on shooting, if they give it a chance they'll likely see that the quirky humor and strategic gameplay that they've known and loved are still here. While it's very disappointing to see that the split-screen mode is only for the Xbox One release, I can still see much to like. In many ways, it felt like PopCap took some serious notes from Valve's Team Fortress 2, as Garden Warfare is brimming with style and humor. On the surface, it looks to be a major shift into a new direction, but when you get down to it, it is very much in line with the series' focus on strategy and character. And that's all I needed to know.
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Botany vs Necromancy
How weird was it seeing that reveal trailer for Plant vs Zombies: Garden Warfare at last year's E3? Plants vs Zombies was known for its focus on strategy and quirky humor, so it was a pretty surprising move for the developers...

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SimCity

SimCity going futuristic in Cities of Tomorrow expansion


Scrub that dirty, filthy air
Nov 07
// Conrad Zimmerman
SimCity is due to receive its first major content expansion next week with the release of Cities of Tomorrow, which introduces a host of new building types like drone factories and air scrubbers. Check out the latest tr...
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Humble Bundle

Populous and Red Alert 3 join Humble Origin Bundle


$8 million in sales and counting
Aug 22
// Jordan Devore
The Humble Origin Bundle is a curious thing. On the one hand, it's Electronic Arts, a company that's easy to dislike these days, and in the case of some -- but not all! -- of the featured games, there's the dreaded Origin req...
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Sony Cuts Prices, Good Guy Origin & Microsoft Gets Indie


The Destructoid Show is not in Germany
Aug 20
// Max Scoville
Hey everybody! Here's today's Destructoid Show, which is just full of crazy news. If you can't keep track of everything coming outta Gamescom, here's all the big stuff from Microsoft, here's all the big stuff from Sony, and beyond that, it's mostly EA news, inlcluding the Dragon Age Inquisition launch window, some new Battlefield 4 stuff, and Origin's surprising new policy.
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Origin

Is that you, EA? 24-hour refunds on Origin games


More of this, please
Aug 20
// Jordan Devore
In a surprisingly progressive move, Electronic Arts will offer full refunds on game downloads for Windows or Mac that are purchased on its distribution platform Origin. What's the catch? There isn't one, really. You just have...
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EA

Now it's EA's turn to have a Humble Bundle


Get eight games on both Origin and Steam for less that $5
Aug 14
// Alasdair Duncan
Over the last few months, we've seen more and more major publishers sell their games via the always popular Humble Bundle. Now it's the turn of maybe the biggest dog in the pound, EA, to get involved. The new Humble Origin Bu...

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